History | Feb 11 2019

On This Day: Down Goes Tyson! Buster Douglas stuns Mike Tyson

James Slater reviews the upset of the century on its 28th birthday – Mike Tyson vs Buster Douglas
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A QUARTER of a century has passed since that unforgettably amazing day in Tokyo, Japan, when 42-1 outsider James “Buster” Douglas shocked the entire world – sporting and otherwise – by somehow managing to defeat the reigning heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson.

At the time of the fight – one not too many experts or fans were especially intrigued or excited about, such was the seemingly inevitable quick win by “Iron” Mike – the defending champion was seen by many as a lethal-punching monster more deserving of the tag of invincible fighting machine than any heavyweight before him.

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